NJDEP Hazardous Waste Handler Seminar

Baron Environmental Associates attended the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Hazardous Waste (HW) Handler Seminar on October 13, 2016 at the New Jersey State Police Building in Hamilton, NJ. The purpose of these meetings are to inform facilities that handle hazardous waste of relevant program overviews, updates, and compliance techniques from the view of inspectors. The speakers included Bureau Chiefs, Section Chiefs, and Environmental Specialists from NJDEP. The following descriptions highlight the most relevant topics from the meeting:

Update on Current DEP Issues

An electronic hazardous waste manifest is expected to be released in Fall 2017. The E-Manifest program would make it so facilities would not need to submit biennial reports because the new reporting system would already incorporate all the details that would be within the report. However, for now biennial reports are still required.

Stormwater Compliance – An Inspectors Viewpoint

When an inspector is onsite, he or she will request the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP) and specifically review the site plan to make sure they appear up to date. The inspector will also investigate BMPs to ensure they are functioning properly and are maintained. NJDEP has a BMP manual available here (http://www.njstormwater.org/bmp_manual2.htm) that can be a guide for BMP requirements in conjunction with N.J.A.C. 7:8.

Overview of the NJDEP Compliance & Enforcement Webpage

The Compliance and Enforcement Webpage contains many links that can be valuable when anticipating what occurs during an inspection and how to prepare for one. On the main page there are helpful links such as compliance advisories that indicate any alerts or updates to be aware of,